Recently, there was a study of the top 100 small cities to live. Two Arizona cities, Tempe and Scottsdale, both placed in the top 100, beating each other out in different categories. Of course, one of the categories that stuck out to me was the transportation category.
For Transportation & Infrastructure, Tempe scored a 67 while Scottsdale was given 41. The national average is said to be 46.
For years, we’ve watched Tempe embrace rail, bikes and circulator busses. The proposed Tempe Streetcar appears to be getting closer to reality, as well. For years we’ve also talked about the fact that Scottsdale hasn’t been quite as eager to expand their transit options.
Say what you want about transit. ie: It’s the cat’s meow or it’s a waste of money… One thing that seems to be part of the equation is the fact that effective transit systems bring people to cities, bring jobs to the people and spark growth in ways that are hard to ignore.